Matthew – Fulfilled.
It hurts deeply when someone you have a relationship with, love, work with on projects, depend on, talk with and share your thoughts betrays you. Jesus knows how you feel.
We are disillusioned at the very least when a close friend and coworker uses you to get to ahead in the world, leaving you behind in the dust of the work. Jesus knows and understands.
When we play games in life, being someone we are not, using all the right words but our motivation is for self alone, Jesus knows. There are many forms of betrayal and Judas used them all. Then he hung himself. The phrase, “give them enough rope and they’ll hang themselves” comes to mind. Jesus knows our hearts. We can play games with others, but we cannot fool Jesus.
Matthew 26, The Message
17 On the first of the Days of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare your Passover meal?”
18-19 He said, “Enter the city. Go up to a certain man and say, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near. I and my disciples plan to celebrate the Passover meal at your house.’” The disciples followed Jesus’ instructions to the letter, and prepared the Passover meal.
20-21 After sunset, he and the Twelve were sitting around the table. During the meal, he said, “I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators.”
22 They were stunned, and then began to ask, one after another, “It isn’t me, is it, Master?”
23-24 Jesus answered, “The one who hands me over is someone I eat with daily, one who passes me food at the table. In one sense the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures—no surprises here. In another sense that man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man—better never to have been born than do this!”
25 Then Judas, already turned traitor, said, “It isn’t me, is it, Rabbi?”
Jesus said, “Don’t play games with me, Judas.”
What do we learn?
–Soon after Jesus tells Judas, do what you have planning to do, Judas leaves the table where the important Passover Meal was being significantly consumed with Jesus at the Head of the Table.
–The gospel of John tells us Jesus washed the feet of the disciples before this meal. Think about it. Jesus washed the feet of his betrayer!
–How do we feel about our betrayers? Do we wash their feet (serve them) with love and compassion as Jesus did? Do we pray for them?
–“Don’t play games with me, Judas?” In the gospel of John, “Go do what you planned to do.” Scripture fulfilled. Jesus knows and understands our problems with betrayal of others to us. He will help us to love and pray for them instead of trying to get even. Leave them to God.
We know the rest of the story…Truth wins.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your example of relating to betrayers in our lives. Because of evil in this world, we must be alert, focused on You, knowing that Your Truth will win in the end. Help us to not be betrayers of what you have taught us to others. I don’t want to be the one just “playing games” in my walk with You. Help us to be honest. Help us to remember to pray for our enemies who betray us while standing firm in our faith in You.
In Jesus Name, Amen